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Patents and patience: The rise of the SmileShop

September 18, 2020 | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: A patent granted to orthodontics disrupter SmileDirectClub (SDC) in April ensures that no other company can duplicate its clear aligner retail concept for 18 years—a period around three times longer than the 2014-founded company has existed for. The granting of the patent might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by its competitors, including one-time partner Align Technology.

Optimism prevails at Baird Global Healthcare Conference

September 17, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S.: On Sept. 9 and 10, Baird Equity Research held its annual Global Healthcare Conference. Traditionally hosted in New York, the invite-only congress was conducted virtually this year owing to the ongoing pandemic. Attendees were able to engage with presentations by representatives of more than 90 of the world’s leading health care and dental companies, who were on hand to showcase their respective plans for navigating a path to profit in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

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GC Germany presents five-day online symposium on molar incisor hypomineralisation

September 17, 2020 | Education

BAD HOMBURG VOR DER HÖHE, Germany: It is estimated that every seventh child in Germany is affected by molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH). Besides the aesthetic aspect caused by the abnormal colour and shape of the teeth, this enamel formation disorder often causes severe pain. Owing to the high number of affected patients and in promotion of the 100th anniversary of GC Corp. next year, GC Germany will be holding an online symposium from 28 September to 2 October. The event will be dedicated to the topic of MIH and is aimed at general dentists, dental technicians and orthodontists.

SARS-CoV-2 as invisible threat: Mitigating aerosols in dental clinics

September 17, 2020 | News

CHICAGO, U.S.: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, dentists have been provided with strict infection prevention and control guidelines. These include ensuring the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment, reviewing sterilization and disinfection protocols, and allowing a fallow period between dental visits. However, since the aforementioned measures do not completely protect staff and patients from the inhalation of aerosols in dental settings, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (UIC Dentistry) have engineered a novel method for aerosol mitigation that could be implemented in dental clinics worldwide.

Interview: “ISQ is the only measure that allows the follow-up of implant healing”

September 16, 2020 | Interviews

Dr Raquel Zita Gomes, who runs her own practice focusing on implantology and oral surgery in Oporto in Portugal, will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Osstell ISQ scientific online symposium. Prior to the event, Gomes shared with Dental Tribune International how SARS-CoV-2 has shaped the way dental education is being delivered and discussed what criteria have to be considered for dental implant loading.

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Planmeca: Adapting to the new normal

September 16, 2020 | Advertorial

SHANGHAI, China: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dental industry has been forced to adapt to the “new normal” and invent new platforms for communication and collaboration. However, traditional trade fairs and exhibitions are still important platforms for dental professionals to try out the latest dental technology. In China, the local Planmeca team participated last week in the first major dental event to take place since the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2.

3Shape wins Cellerant’s “Best of Class” Technology Award for eighth year in a row

September 15, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The Cellerant “Best of Class” Technology Award is presented annually to companies who are leading the way with innovative technologies that are shaping the future of their respective industries. This year, 3Shape has won the award for its TRIOS 4 intra-oral scanner. It marks the eighth year in a row that 3Shape has earned this accolade.

Never stop learning—Kuraray focuses on online education

September 15, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial

HATTERSHEIM AM MAIN, Germany: During these strange and difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the top priority for dentists across the world has been to keep themselves and their patients safe. To do so, not only have many dental practices been shut down, but also in-person dental congresses, symposia and other events have been postponed indefinitely.

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IDS to be hybrid event in 2021

September 14, 2020 | Europe | News

COLOGNE, Germany: About six months prior to the event, the organisers of the International Dental Show (IDS) have announced that they will be implementing several digital elements for the 39th edition of IDS, which will be held next year. In light of the travel restrictions in place, they aim to facilitate access to the global trade fair for visitors from abroad who will not be able to attend. The digital IDS platform will provide information on new products, live streaming of webinars, press conferences and events, as well as one-to-one communications.

International dental students’ association launches new journal

September 11, 2020 | Europe | News

GENEVA, Switzerland: The International Association of Dental Students (IADS) recently published the inaugural issue of International Journal of Dental Students (IJDS). According to Dr Huthaifa Abdul Qader, the publication’s editor-in-chief, IJDS aims to make scientific literature more accessible to young dental professionals by improving readability and focusing on new techniques and controversial topics in clinical applications and research.

Interview: Prof. Richard Watt on COVID-19 and the potential for dental reform

September 11, 2020 | Europe | News

Though the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has had an undeniably deleterious effect on many elements of the dental world, it has also opened up new possibilities for imagining how dentistry should be delivered. That is the contention of Dr Richard Watt, professor of dental public health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, in a recent letter to The Lancet. Watt spoke with Dental Tribune International about how points of emphasis in dentistry may change in a post-pandemic world.

2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting to be a virtual event

September 11, 2020 | Americas | News

NEW YORK, U.S: The 2020 Greater New York Dental Meeting — scheduled for Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 — will be a virtual event, meeting organizers announced in an email sent recently to exhibitors.

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ADF congress 2020 cancelled

September 10, 2020 | Europe | News

PARIS, France: Today, the organisers of the Congrès de l’ADF, one of the largest and most important events on the dental calendar, announced that they have made the decision to cancel this year’s congress. The next French Dental Association (ADF) meeting will take place from 23 to 27 November 2021.

Osstell launches e-learning campus and brings annual ISQ scientific symposium online

September 10, 2020 | Education

GOTHENBURG, Sweden: In order to stay connected with the dental community and provide clinicians with increased opportunities for continuing education, Osstell has launched its own online campus. Moreover, the company has decided to transform its 12th ISQ scientific symposium into a fully digital event. The global symposium will be held on 24 September and will focus on clinical cases, knowledge and experience, utilising the company’s patented implant stability quotient (ISQ) non-invasive technology that enables clinicians to optimise dental implant treatment for each patient.

Dentists in Scotland voice concerns over expired personal protective equipment

September 10, 2020 | News

LONDON, UK: Dentists in Scotland have recently voiced their concerns over receiving stocks of free expired personal protective equipment (PPE). Since the Scottish government has failed to provide robust evidence to prove the safety of the out-of-date face masks provided by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), the British Dental Association (BDA) has urged NHS NSS to make alternative arrangements for supplying PPE to dentists. In the meantime, it has advised dentists against using such masks, since doing so may pose significant risks to their health as well as to the health of their teams and patients.

Interview: Reshaping implantology

September 9, 2020 | Europe | Advertorial | Interviews

When it comes to innovations in implant dentistry, the refinement of site preparation has fallen behind the advancements of implant design. Prof. Stefan Holst, Vice President of Premium Implants at Nobel Biocare and co-author of an original research study with Stanford University on the OsseoShaper design and biological benefits, describes some of the challenges presented by conventional drilling protocols and explains how this new device has been designed to overcome these problems.

Cigarette giant wants dentists to understand tobacco harm reduction

September 8, 2020 | Europe | News

MUNICH, Germany: Dentists see their patients several times annually in order to assess the health of their teeth and oral cavity; therefore, they are able to clearly observe the impact of tobacco use from an early stage. According to the German subsidiary of Philip Morris International (PMI), dental professionals are in a unique position to provide information on healthier, alternative forms of nicotine delivery to those patients who smoke and are unable or unwilling to kick the habit.

Artificial intelligence-based analysis of dental radiographs saves time in patient care

September 8, 2020 | Europe | News

BERLIN, Germany: Dentists at Charité—Universitätsmedizin Berlin, together with data scientists and programmers, have developed dentalXrai Pro—a software program that allows dental practitioners to perform the analysis of radiographs based on artificial intelligence (AI). The new software was designed to help dentists identify pathologies and restorations more accurately and in less time in order to provide optimal treatment and improve communication with patients.

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